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ALEXANDER  VON  HTJMBOLBT.                Ill
hearers by the peculiar force of his intellectual clear-
ness, and by ^ his elpqtience, by the genuineness and
warmth of his feelings, and by the inexhaustible no-
velty of his subject ; he stood before them as a con-
vincing, inspiring teacher, who, like a talented creative
artist, brought ,a series of wonderful natural pictures
of a boldly-explored world before an attentive public.
This course of sixty-one lectures, commenced on the
3rd   November, and  concluded  on the   26th  April,
1828, was, as it were, the first sketch of the "Kosmos/7
published subsequently as the result of his life and
studies, given to the world in one work, whose contents
may be compared to a mine rich in precious metals,
and  which   such  persons  can  best appreciate  who
already have a general knowledge of natural sciences.
The first lectures which Alexander von Humboldt
gave in the university building, and which no scholar
livixxg within a   practicable  distance missed,  caused
such a great sensation, not only in the town but in
all parts of the country, that scholars and friends of
science frequently came from long   distances  to be
presexit at least at one of these lectures, of which they
could read the reports and effects  in  nearly <every
newspaper, and to be able to say they had seen Hum-
"When some of the first lectures had been delivered,
the press of people from all ranks was so great that
Hunxboldt was literally forced to give a repetition of
the first course, adapted for a more general public,
nearly contemporary with the others, in the large
hall of the Musical Academy. And these popular
lectures ware eagerly visited by the highest and the
xixost learned persons iix the towm. The king, the
royal family, the court, the highest lords and ladies,
attended regularly and listened with the peopte,
which showed its pride in the celebrated man by its,
enthusiastic adxmratkm. Here Alexander stood im-
mediately before his fellow-countrymen as aa intellec-
tual giant and inexhaustible spring gf mental riches.
Everv one, even the lowest and mast